Ready, Set, Go! Travel Etiquette Guide

  • Pin It
  • print
  • email to a friend
By Cindy Edwards

Summer is upon us, and many families will be traveling.  Vacations should be all about fun and relaxation, but getting to our destinations can be stressful.

Flying can be particularly exhausting. In my opinion, it is just not as pleasant as it used to be.  Extra security measures, longer lines and flight delays add anxiety to the trip before it even gets started.  This simple guide will hopefully help you be a kinder traveler and have more patience with the people around you.

1. Be prepared when you go through the security line. You know you will have to show your travel documents and remove some articles of clothing, so be ready.

image

2. Be respectful of airline personnel.  Their job is to help you reach your destination as comfortably and safely as possible.  They are not responsible for delays and cancellations.  Listen while the flight attendant gives instructions. 

3. If you do not want to talk with the person beside you, put on headphones or pull out a book to read.  If he or she continues to talk to you, kindly explain that you are tired and need to rest. You could also try an old cliché: “Excuse me for not feeling chatty today, but I have a headache.”

4. Be kind to those around you. Do not talk loudly on a cell phone or to others seated close to you. If you want to recline your seat, do it slowly. Share the armrest.

5. Be patient with families traveling with children. If you have ever traveled with little ones, then you know how stressful it can be.  Offer a smile or encouraging words.

6. Be prepared when YOU travel with children.  Bring plenty of snacks. Coloring books, crayons or a small DVD player with movies (and head phones) are great activities for children during flights.

There are definitely times when you have legitimate complaints with travel services, but you should always remember that simple acts of kindness and good manners could really pay off!!  If you handle the situation in a calm, respectful tone, you may receive a special reward, upgrade or the great feeling that you get when you stay in control and do not lose your patience.
This summer, make it a point to be a well-mannered traveler.  Keep your cool and try to take others’ bad behavior with a grain of salt.  Do not let the acts of others ruin your special vacation. I hope that you have a wonderful summer with family and friends. 

As always, thanks for reading.

Properly yours,
Cindy

Cindy Edwards embodies everything pretty, perky and proper about the South. She's a wife, mother, volunteer and freelance writer. Cindy volunteers enough hours to exhaust most by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Telfair Museums, the Savannah Book Festival Board of Directors and the University of Georgia Honors Advisory Board. She has also served on the Boards of the March of Dimes and Young Life Savannah. Cindy has been married to her college sweetheart, Dr. Joe Edwards III, for 25 years and is the proud mother of two sons: Joe IV, a senior at the University of Georgia, and Jack, a freshman at Ole Miss. No matter how busy, Cindy always makes time for a competitive game of bridge.
Read More From Blogs.

Read More From Cindy Edwards.

You May Also Like These Blogs:

You May Also Like These Recipes:

Leave a Comment

Reader Comments:

54321

Also if you want to keep listening to your music while taking off. Try to get the kind of ear pieces that wrap around your ear. Leave in the one opposite the isle, tuck the cord behind you and easy listening while all the travel rookies yell and scream throughout take off. Makes for much more enjoyable time but is technically breaking the rules.

By Jacob Thompson on August 03, 2012

54321

Thanks for the article on travel, which would be a more pleasant experience if everyone followed your suggestions. Keep up the great blog posts.

By meredith on July 19, 2012

54321

What great advice!! Thanks for the information on making travel more civilized. Megan

By Megan on July 19, 2012

54321

What a great blog. Thanks for the helpful tips. Always important to remember to stay calm when put in those not so pleasant travel situations!

By Melanie on July 18, 2012

54321

What a pertinent blog! Thanks for reminding us all of ways to make a vacation fun and relaxing.

By Viki Curtis on July 15, 2012

54321

Great info!

By linda on July 14, 2012

54321

Excellent thoughts as the summer travel season gets underway. While there are many people who follow your suggestions, there are also many who desperately need to read your blog. Thanks for an informative and timely article.

By Sandra on July 13, 2012

54321

Cindy! This article is great. I cannot wait to see more of what you write in the future

By Lisa on July 10, 2012

54321

Great advice for traveling. Thanks again for your great words of wisdom. Looking forward to the next blog!

By Michelle on July 09, 2012

54321

Perfect timing for this blog!!! So easy to be impatient when standing in long lines. Everyone benefits if just one person is kind and considerate of others. Also, great activities for keeping children entertained while traveling. Thanks, Cindy, for always reminding us of proper etiquette and the importance of always being considerate of others.

By Ann on July 09, 2012

image
Paula Deen
Paula Deen
The Lady's Blog
The Queen of Southern Cuisine muses about her recipes, life and family. See Posts

Brooke Deen
Brooke Deen
Deen Mother
Advice on raising two boys (three counting Jamie). See Posts

Brandon Branch
Brandon Branch
Southern Style
Decorating Inspiration from Paula's Design Director. See Posts

Julia Sayers
Julia Sayers
Hot off the Press
Step behind the pages and let the Associate Editor of Cooking with Paula Deen fill you in on what goes into creating every issue. See Posts

Lisa Scarbrough
Lisa Scarbrough
Thrift Store Mommy
Mom on a dime advice from Paula's Digital Properties Manager. See Posts

Andrea Goto
Andrea Goto
Mom 2.0
Tips from a real-world mom with comedic tendencies. See Posts

Martha Lee
Martha Lee
Earth Mother
Practical, earth-conscious ways to live and parent in the 21st century. See Posts

Susan Greene a.k.a BUBBLES
Susan Greene a.k.a BUBBLES
Bubbles' Corner
Ideas and advice from a 21st Century young at heart Grandmother. See Posts

Cindy Edwards
Cindy Edwards
Southern Proper
Etiquette advice from a true Southern belle. See Posts

image

Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm